IG Linguistics Data - RDA 11th Plenary meeting

Meeting title

Data citation and metadata standards in linguistics (Remote Access Instructions)

Collaborative session notes: 


Short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the group

The Linguistics Data Interest Group (LDIG) works to identify, prioritize, and get to work on data challenges across the Linguistics domain. The LDIG is for data at all linguistic levels, from individual sounds or words to video recordings of conversations to experimental data. It is for data for all of the world’s languages, and acknowledges that many of the world’s languages have high cultural value and are underrepresented with regards to the amount of information that is available about them.

The LDIG objectives include, but are not limited to, the development of a discipline-wide adoption of common standards for data citation and attribution, and improvement of research data management training in the discipline. The interest group is aligned with the RDA mission to improve open sharing of data, and a first published version of the Austin Principles for Data Citation in Linguistics, which was the topic for the LDIG working session at the 10th RDA Plenary, is now available from http://site.uit.no/linguisticsdatacitation/austinprinciples/. At the 11th RDA Plenary, LDIG will take the citation issue one step further and initiate the discussion on metadata standards for the field of linguistics.

Additional links to informative material related to the group

1) LDIG group page: https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/linguistics-data-ig
2) LDIG Charter Statement: https://www.rd-alliance.org/group/linguistics-data-interest-group/case-statement/linguistics-data-interest-group-charter
3) The Austin Principles of Data Citation in Linguistics (V0.1): http://site.uit.no/linguisticsdatacitation/austinprinciples/

Meeting objectives

1) Present a synthesis over metadata and citation standards recommended and/or in use by main actors in the field, e.g. CLARIN (https://www.clarin.eu/), Open Language Archives Community (OLAC; http://www.language-archives.org/), International Standard Language Resource Number (ISLRN; http://islrn.org/), Dataverse-based repositories (https://dataverse.org/).
2) Initiate the discussion on metadata standards for the publication and citation of research data in linguistics.
3) Initiate the process of forming a Working Group on metadata and citation standards for research data in linguistics: Expectations, people needed, and initial calendar.

Meeting agenda

The main goal of this working meeting is to initiate the joint discussion on metadata and citation standards for research data in the field of linguistics. More specifically, the goal is to reveal needs and challenges encountered by scientists who create and use data, by publishers who expect/require publication and citation of data, and by data archivists who develop and/or operate data repositories and who curate data, and provide research data support. With reference to current practices among main actors in the field, and with the Austin Principles of Data Citation in Linguistics as background (http://site.uit.no/linguisticsdatacitation/austinprinciples/), we hope to bring forces together and start working towards a common standard for metadata and citation within the field, which again will facilitate archiving, publication, and reuse of research data. Questions will include, but not be limited to, 1) obligatory vs. optional metadata, 2) information in the dataset bibliographic reference vs. information in the dataset metadata, 3) format of in-text citations, bibliographic references, and levels of granularity (citation of single file vs. subset vs. full dataset), 4) identifiers, i.e. PIDs and others, and levels of open access to metadata and research data.

We invite participants to contribute to the discussion on needs and challenges, as well as to the initial planning of the aims and timeline of a working group dedicated to this field-specific topic.

Outline of meeting plan

13.30-13.40: Welcome & introduction to RDA Linguistics Data Interest Group (LDIG): Objectives, outputs and : directions.
13.40-13.50: Rationale for citation and metadata standards in linguistics.
13.50-14.15: Synthesis over citation and metadata standards recommended/in use by main actors in the field & needs and challenges revealed by the extended LDIG community (asynchronous meeting).
14.15-14.45: Feedback from the floor and discussion.
14.45 -15.00: How to proceed next: Development of a plan for forming a working group.

The session will be chaired by Helene N. Andreassen (UiT The Arctic University of Norway), one of the LDIG co-chairs, Philipp Conzett (UiT The Arctic University of Norway), research data librarian and one of the curators of the Tromsø Repository of Language and Linguistics (TROLLing), and Koenraad De Smedt, coordinator of Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure Norway (CLARINO). The session is further co-authored by the two other LDIG co-chairs, Andrea L. Berez-Kroeker (University of Hawai’i at Manoa) and Lauren Gawne (La Trobe University).

We will try to offer remote participation, and those who cannot attend in person will be encouraged to submit their thoughts and questions in a meeting document, made available a month prior to the session. The meeting will be audio recorded and all written presentations and notes made available through the LDIG RDA page.

Target audience:

1) Linguists, both those who publish/cite their own data and those who use/cite other researchers’ data
2) Publishers, of both research publications and datasets, commercial and institutional
3) Data archivists, both linguist specific and more general
4) Representatives from organisations and/or networks working with linguistic data management
5) Members from relevant RDA interest/working groups, e.g. (but not limited to) the Metadata IG and the Data citation WG

Group chair serving as contact person:  Helene N. Andreassen

Type of meeting: Working meeting

Group Maturity: 6-12 months

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